Arts-and-crafts

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The Fitzwilliam’s col­lec­tions of 19th-cen­tury art are com­ple­mented by the Valsec­chiis’ out­stand­ing Gothic Re­vival and Arts-and-crafts fur­ni­ture and ob­jects. Among them is Wil­liam Burges’s first piece of painted ar­chi­tec­tural fur­ni­ture, the ‘Flax and Wool’ cup­board (right) made for the clothes of his pa­tron Her­bert Ge­orge Yat­man, with a hinged ‘roof’ for the stor­age of his top hats.

Nearby are a ma­hogany cabi­net de­signed by C. R. Ash­bee for the Grand Duke of Hesse and a three-legged ea­gle ‘throne’ cre­ated by E. W. God­win for Dro­more Cas­tle in Ire­land. Two ta­bles by Kolomon Moser, Francesca’s par­tic­u­lar favourites, re­veal how neo-clas­si­cal mo­tifs were adapted by the Vi­enna Se­ces­sion.

All these are com­ple­mented by me­tal­work and ce­ram­ics by Christo­pher Dresser and an ex­tra­or­di­nary clock case by C. F. A. Voy­sey made out of alu­minium.

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